Language and Ageing

The Language and Ageing theme examines the effect of age upon language processes and communication, both in normal ageing and disorders of ageing. We are interested in changes in communication with age and in speech and language difficulties associated with Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and stroke.

The leader of the Language and Ageing theme in 2017 is Catherine Theys.

Current research areas include:

  • Listener perception and dysarthria (McAuliffe and colleagues)
  • Participation of people with aphasia in the community, including their relationships with others (Howe and colleagues)
  • Memory and neurodegenerative disorders (Dalrymple-Alford and colleagues)
  • Influence of age and hearing loss on communication (McAuliffe, O’Beirne, & Rickard – see SCAUP lab)
  • Interaction between speech production and perception in neurological disorders (McAuliffe and colleagues)
  • Interaction between language and gait in neurological disorders (Maclagan and colleagues)

We are also interested in technology and rehabilitation and currently undertake collaborative research with colleagues in the HIT Lab NZ.